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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

By Enitan Femi-Obasan


As I pondered on this week's topic, "Step(s)", a song came to my mind.

Lord, You are my God,
I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
I will learn to walk in Your ways
Step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

As I sang, I realized that the song was apt for this season of my life.

My family and I recently moved from our home country to one of the most unlikely places on the face of the earth - the Middle East. The move was not as smooth as we had expected it to be. It has, in fact, proved to be one of the most difficult times in our short history as a family. Most of the time, we felt like the Israelites stuck between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. The only difference was we had to play Moses’ part as well. Thankfully, God was there for us, watching our backs and reassuring us that He is with us every step of the way. We learnt that sometimes challenges are God’s way of ordering our steps back to Him and to His purpose for our lives.

It was during this period that the Lord brought me to the place of surrender- that place where you had to let everything go. This was not easy for me because those things (and people) were very dear to my heart. My husband, marriage, kids, family, dreams, desires, goals and business were the center of my life. I knew God was telling me that it was time for Him to take His place but He would need me to take that crucial first step; surrender everything. He had to occupy the throne and be The King of my heart. In the dead of the night, under the covers, I prayed, “Lord, all I am, all I have, all I would ever be, I give to You. I lose my life that I might find it in You. Take Your place and be the King of my heart.”

After I prayed that prayer, I felt I had been given a clean slate. I knew that it was not business as usual anymore and I could no longer do things the way I liked. Before this time, I had my life pretty figured out. In fact, I had just done a self discovery exercise and had come up with a list of the things I wanted to do. None of these mattered anymore since my life was no longer about me but all about Him, my Lord and King. To be honest, I was so scared that sometimes I could feel my heart thumping so hard against my chest. What if this was a mistake?

A few days ago, as I sought the Lord, I realized that God actually takes delight in leading His children. It is not only what He wants to do, it is who is He is. He allowed me to see that He is the good Shepherd and would lead me as long as I was willing to trust and obey Him every step of the way.

Now, as I settle down into my new life geographically and spiritually, I am assured that the Lord is more than the King. He is also my Shepherd. I can trust Him to take me by the hand and lead me, step by step, into His glorious purpose for me.

Revelations 7:17
"For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (AMP)

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/07/12
This is really lovely. You touched my heart with your words. I can't even begin to imagine how scary it would be to move my family to another place--let alone the Middle East.

I have just a tiny bit of red ink. Try not to mention the challenge in your story as the EC are published in an anthology or the magazine and not all readers will know anything about the challenge. Also when you quote a song or any piece of work make sure it is in the Public Domain and that you cite in a footnote the name and composer of the song.

Overall, I think you did a fantastic job with this story. You covered the topic in a fresh way and you pulled the reader in right away by introducing the conflict of moving to a new place. The ending was perfect and really reinforced your message. I also liked the scripture you used. For me the best part was the prayer. Your words were heartfelt and genuine. There are people who read this who may not know how to pray and your prayer will show how an intimate relationship with God is possible and that he is beside us every step of our journey. Delightful read!
C D Swanson 12/11/12
Wow- This was a powerful entry with an equally powerful message.

Thanks. God bless~
C D Swanson 12/13/12
I loved this. Congrats!
God bless~
Olawale Ogunsola12/15/12
Congrats for placing third. You're moving higher. Write more!